Birds for home: an alternative to parrots
Someone loves four-legged friends , while others prefer feathered ones. There are many song birds that get along well with people and are ready to delight their beloved owners with sweet-voiced singing. What birds are best suited for living in a city apartment?
Why is a bird in the house good?
“Domestic birds, even songbirds, are very unpretentious. They rarely get sick, do not need walks and communication (although they are not at all against such a pastime), and even if you do not clean the cage for several days, an unpleasant odor will not appear in the apartment. When you leave, you do not have to worry about the birds, leaving them with enough food and water. However, you can take a cage with a canary or a parrot to friends and family, or ask them to visit your apartment and feed the birds. Usually no one refuses to help, because these pets never cause trouble, except for possible allergies or a little noise in the house. ”
Of course, few people will be happy when a siskin or a goldfinch wakes him up after a sleepless night, but the problem can be easily solved by throwing a dense cloth over the cage. But how much joy the birds bring with their singing and beauty! The most important thing is to make a choice, and, of course, so that the bird is good and the owners feel comfortable.
Chizhi are devoted friends
These birds , regardless of their appearing to be non descriptness, are the best animals to whom it is difficult to stay uninterested. They are calm, unpretentious, graceful and cheerful. Siskin is a poultry, which is distinguished by its easygoing character and affection for its owners. Even if you let the siskin fly around the house, it will always return to its cage. You can even teach him to return on command – siskins lend themselves to such training. If you create comfortable conditions for the bird, it will cease to strive for freedom and become truly home. In addition, the siskin is strongly attached to the owner, can distinguish him from other people and often begins to sing when he appears. And the siskins sing softly and melodiously. ”
Siskin perches can be made from regular branches. Their favorite food is sunflower seeds, pine nuts and hemp. They also happily eat slices of apple, carrot, cabbage and pumpkin, rice and boiled eggs.
Siskins are sociable birds, so you need to communicate with them, otherwise they will wither away from boredom. If you do not have such an opportunity, get a friend, the same siskin, or another bird. They are completely conflict-free and compliant!
Amadines: home exotic
Finch poultry are extraordinarily spectacular due to their bright and beautiful plumage. These birds look breathtaking, yet additionally sing delightfully. They are considered to be paired, so it is better to keep two or three finches at home so that they do not get bored. Zebra finches look very interesting – they have white and black stripes on their chest, neck and tail. Japanese finches are brownish, chocolatey, beige and yellow and make funny hissing sounds. Diamond finches are distinguished by white specks on the sides of the body, and scaly ones on the chest have a pattern in the form of scales. Gould’s finches are also impressive with their beauty – with a red head and a body painted in multi-colored stripes.
Since finches are southern birds, place the enclosure in a warm spot so the sun’s beams consistently fall on it. Be that as it may, the enclosure ought to likewise have a corner where the birds can stow away from the sun. . In winter, finches should be given special attention, providing a comfortable temperature and sufficient artificial lighting in the cage (aviary), otherwise they will get sick.
These birds need space, so rather than an enclosure, it is smarter to get an aviary, particularly on the off chance that you purchase two or three birds. The most suitable food for finches is a mixture of millet, oatmeal, meadow grasses, hemp and flax. The birds’ diet should contain plantain and dandelion leaves, cottage cheese and boiled eggs. Mineral feeding is also necessary – sea sand and chalk.
Amadines are intelligent, emotional and friendly birds. They are loving and will surely reciprocate your care and attention!
Canary is an unpretentious pet
The canary is a beginner’s poultry as it does not need special care and is easy to tame. In addition, this bird can be an alternative to a parrot. Male canaries sing beautifully, especially birds with white, yellow and green plumage.
In a canary cage, you need to place several perches at different heights, since these restless birds love to flutter from place to place. Moreover, the thickness of the perches should be from 8 mm to 1.5 cm, otherwise the canaries will be uncomfortable to sit on them. Set up a bathhouse in the cage – these birds love to splash in the water!
But letting them out for a walk around the apartment is not worth it – canaries are too delicate creatures, and there are many dangers in the house for them. And they also do not like drafts, from which they can get sick.
It is recommended to feed the canary with ordinary poultry food, adding sunflower seeds and crushed buckwheat to it. Occasionally give the birds sea sand, charcoal, eggshells, and boiled eggs. Do not overfeed canaries – they are prone to obesity!
Goldfinches: proud loners
Goldfinches are interesting because they have about 20 different melodies in their repertoire, while females sing more beautifully than males. Goldfinches, like other songbirds, become silent during molting, so don’t be alarmed about this.
These birds are ideal for the home, as they are very friendly and easily amenable to education. Bird connoisseurs say that if you cross a goldfinch with a canary, you get a beautiful bird with a beautiful voice.
Goldfinches love to live alone, otherwise females and males, as well as chicks of the same offspring, constantly conflict with each other. In a cage, they need perches at different levels and a swing. Sometimes it is useful to let the birds fly around the apartment, having previously closed the windows, unless, of course, there are no other pets in the house.
Grits, spruce seeds, sunflower seeds, rape, dandelion and plantain should be added to the goldfinch feed mixture. These birds love mealworms, ant pupae and a salad of grated boiled carrots, rusks and crumbled boiled eggs.
Freedom-loving chaffinch singers
Finches are small birds with variegated plumage. They sing so beautifully that their singing can be confused with nightingale trills. Since finches are unpretentious and hardy, they are often kept at home. Every day, the owners of finches can enjoy the melodious singing of the pet, which performs ten different melodies in a row.
However, if you put a finch in a cage with another bird, it will sing much less often, because most of their time the birds will communicate with each other and sometimes fight. Therefore, it is better to allocate a separate cage for each bird, spacious enough. Or even make an aviary, especially if you’ve bought several birds. In addition to traditional perches and a bathing tray, it would be good to plant plants on the “floor” so that the finches do not miss their natural habitat.
Be sure to put all the supplies you need to build the nest in the cage . As soon as nesting time comes, the finch will drag feathers, lichens, grass, woolen threads and twigs to the chosen place and begin its creative process. Finches feed on simple and affordable food – plant seeds, grasses, worms, caterpillars, bread and vegetables. These birds rarely become tame, but if in nature they live for 2-3 years, then in captivity they live up to 10 years – probably because of more comfortable conditions and the availability of food. By the way, in the past, the feathers of finches were considered a talisman of the hearth and family well-being.
Birds for home: an alternative to parrots
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